Map 14 Day Tour Northern Spain

AT A GLANCE

San Sebastian Maria Cristina Hotel

Immerse yourself into the lively atmosphere of one of Spain's most elegant towns: San Sebastian

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Be amazed by the beauty of the first National Park in Spain

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Taste some of the best wines in the world at unique traditional wineries

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Savour local food with an innovative touch at the best restaurants in the region

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Be prepared for some extraordinary wildlife encounters

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Imagine yourself sleeping in three of the most iconic hotels in Spain.

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Be amazed by the beauty of the most charming mountain villages in Spain

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Picture yourself pouring cider like a local during a cider house crawl paired with delicious local tapas

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Be inspired by the beauty of Santiago de Compostela's Gothic Cathedral,  a stunning architectural masterpiece.

Day 1


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Welcome to Santander, the Pearl of the Cantabrian sea. 

You hotel for the next wo nights will be located on the beachfront, commanding breath-taking views of Sardinero beach and the Cantabrian Sea. This chic hotel oozes stylish sophistication, bathing you in opulent, contemporary luxury making it the perfect base from which to explore this stunning city. 

Enjoy dinner at one of the most popular restaurants among locals.


Day 2

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A guided morning visit to Santander's central's market followed by a pintxos bar crawl
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After breakfast, you will explore the flavours or this lively town during an early-morning culinary  escorted tour of Santander’s central farmers’ market where colours and aromas combine to create an intoxicating gastronomic experience. Here you will find only the most succulent fruit and vegetables, freshest seafood, cheeses and meats from local producers. This is slow-food taken to the next level.

After a visit to this lively market, you will enjoy an afternoon of gathering with your friends or family to eat, drink and be merry, a fundamental part of the fabric of social life in Spain. “Pinchos” line every bar in town, but knowing where to find the best ones is an art that needs local knowledge. 

The cherry on the cake to an unforgettable day in this stunning city is a visit to the cultural exhibition “Botín Centre”, an architectural masterpiece overlooking Santander’s Bay where you can enjoy spectacular views over the city.

After that you will have time to explore Santander by foot, by boat, or to will just simply relax on an unspoilt beach before retiring to your luxury hotel, that’s your choice.

For dinner,  you will visit a traditional a restaurant with a warm and historic space whose cuisine maintaining the foundations of the classic culinary Spanish tradition. The interior of the restaurant is unique, it houses a museum that consists of more than 100 wine barrels painted by different artists. 


Day 3

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A walking tour of picturesque Santillana del Mar
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  • Comillas sightseeing tour & Gaudí's "El Capricho" visit
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The next morning after a delicious breakfast with local specialities you will explore start exploring Spain's oldest National Park: Picos de Europa.

On your way to the park (1h 35 min), you will stop in Santillana del Mar. This picturesque village is known for its medieval towers, Renaissance palaces and the Romanesque Santa Juliana Collegiate Church. 

After a walking tour of the village, you will continue to Comillas, one of Northern Spain's most symbolic coastal villages and one of its most interesting from an architectural point of view. It has some of the most important Art Nouveau buildings, which include Sobrellano Palace Chapel and the Pantheon, the Pontifical University and, of course, the brilliant El Capricho by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Its beautiful beach is also a major attraction, bringing thousands of tourists to the town every summer.

For lunch you will enjoy a fish & seafood feast in a traditional restaurant of this coastal town.

On the banks of the Sella River, surrounded by the spectacular Picos de Europa mountains, a unique historic hotel awaits you in an incomparably beautiful spot. The hotel is located in the former San Pedro de Villanueva Monastery, a beautiful building with spectacular rooms of stone and wood. This will be your home for the next five nights.

You will relax for the rest of the evening. For dinner you will indulge yourself in the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant.


Day 4

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A scenic drive up to "Covadonga Lakes" following the route of the bicycle race "La Vuelta"
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  • A cider house crawl paired with local tapas. You will learn how pour cider like a local.
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After a reinvigorating sleep, a delicious breakfast will be waiting for you to recharge your batteries.

You will start the day with a morning drive through a scenic road up to "Covadonga Lakes", one of the most beautiful spots in "Picos de Europa". The road ascending to the lakes is a popular climb in professional road bicycle racing, and the most important climb in the Spanish multi-stage bicycle race "La Vuelta".​

You will visit the Covadonga sanctuary just before starting the ascend to the lakes.  The basilica, alongside the cave where pilgrims venerate the statue of La Santina, is a place of worship and pilgrimage for the people of Asturias. The basilica is in neo-Romanesque style, with two high towers flanking the main entrance. Inside there are works of great value, such as a canvass by Madrazo. The statue of king Pelayo is in the square by the basilica. The statue of La Santina, the tomb of king Pelayo and that of king Alfonso I, are in a cave, with access via a large staircase. A spring flows out of the cave and below this there is a fountain with seven spouts. On the altar, a gold panel represents the battle of Covadonga.

You will enjoy jaw-dropping views along the way. The "Covadonga Lakes" is a postcard-perfect valley with two glacial lakes. Goats, sheep, and cows roam freely around the lakes. Artisan cheesemakers make in this remote place one of the best cheeses in the world, "Gamoneu".

For lunch, back into the valley, you will enjoy one of the most memorable meals of your life. Picos de Europa National Park is home to a hidden gem the locals don’t want you to know about.

On this culinary adventure, you will be in search of ‘Pitu de Caleya’, free-range chicken. But this isn’t just any free-range chicken; it is the most delicious in Northern Spain, which is why the locals want to keep it for themselves.

After lunch, you will be driven back to your hotel to relax for the rest of the afternoon.

For dinner, you will taste apple cider like a local paired with local tapas. You are in a region which is the main producer of cider in Spain so the cherry on the cake to this unforgettable day will be selection of local tapas paired with  cider  in a cider-house  restaurant in Cangas de Onís.


Day 5

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A visit to the only village without road access at the top of the mountains of Picos de Europa, a place with breath-taking scenery
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  • A visit to artisan cheesemaker 
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Your morning will start with a mouth-watering breakfast with a view of the mountains. You will then move on to the Cabrales region in the mountains of Picos de Europa. Cabrales is famous for its blue cheese as well as its breath-taking scenery. You will enjoy outstanding viewpoints of Picos de Europa most iconic peak, "Pico Urriellu" along the way. 

In Arenas de Cabrales you will take an underground cable car to the village of Bulnes . Not long ago, the only way to reach Bulnes was through a snake-like path surrounded by rocks belonging to the third stage of prehistory. This path was walked by men on mules carrying provisions and belongings and also by postal workers. This route was not very much used during winter because it was hidden by the snow.  But you will ascend to Bulnes using a cable car under the mountains.

This small mountain village nestles in a deep valley. Bulnes has a small selection of cafes and bars; short walks from Bulnes lead to the village of Upper Bulnes, and a viewpoint of Picu Uriellu. There are many hiking trails to enjoy the mountains around the village.

You will enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the family-run restaurants in the village. After lunch, you will descend by cable car to Arenas de Cabrales. Picos de Europa is home to two of the best artisan cheeses in the world: "Cabrales" & "Gamoneu". You will visit an artisan cheesemaker and the caves where they are aged to learn the whole process of cheesemaking in this region.

You will have time to relax at the hotel  for the rest of the evening.


Day 6

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • An unforgettable meal at one of the best restaurants in Spain "Casa Marcial"
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After a reinvigorating sleep, you will enjoy a relaxing morning in the middle of the mountains of Picos de Europa. Enjoy  a space for disconnection and enjoyment of the senses, the hotel's Nature Spa & Wellness is a place of relaxing atmosphere, where water and landscape belong together. Integrated into a showcase furniture and art design in a unique environment that will transport you to a harmonious and peaceful place, in order to obtain revitalization & Wellness feel in direct contact with nature.

The cherry on the cake for this tour in Spain will be one of the most memorable meals of your life at “Casa Marcial”, a family-run restaurant awarded with two Michelin stars by chef Nacho Manzano  at the gates of Picos de Europa National park, in Asturias, the Spain beyond your imagination.

Because, what is the Spain you see when you close your eyes? Do you see pans like sewer caps paved in grains of golden rice? A heaving breath of a bleeding bull? A land of everlasting sun and sand? This is no doubt the Spain tattooed on the inside of your eyelids.

But this is not what Picos de Europa is: this is a land of arresting beauty, of snaking rivers pink with running salmon, mountain lakes like water bowls for wild horses and towering peaks that tumble into the ocean.

“Casa Marcial” is what you find when you get lost in Asturias, the kind of place where you would stop for an accidental lunch and tuck into the meal of your life. A lesson on the connection between landscape and cuisine, an edible and emotional journey through Asturias’ orchards, cheese caves, pastures and coastline.

An authentic fine dining experience where you will savour tradition and you will experience innovation at an idyllic place.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.


Day 7

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A visit to the local fishing port to see the fishermen arrive with the catch of the day
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After a delicious breakfast and an early morning dive into the sea, you will be driven to one of the most picturesque coastal villages in Spain, Lastres.

Perched by the cliffs you will discover Lastres’ postcard-perfect lighthouse. Waiting quayside at Lastres’ fishing port, you will meet the fishermen as they arrive with their catch of the day.

You will learn how fishermen live in this region bringing the best fish and seafood to the local restaurants. You will have the opportunity to sample this sparkling-fresh produce in a local restaurant in this picturesque village.

After lunch, you will have the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure at your hotel.


Day 8

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • Artisan fishing-port lunch by the sea based on sparkling-fresh fish 
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  • A unique accommodation in a historic hotel by Santiago's impressive Cathedral
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Today, you will say goodbye to Picos de Europa and you will drive west along the Northern Coast of Spain to reach your next destination: Galicia.

For lunch, you will enjoy an authentic fish & shellfish treat in Puerto de Vega, a charming artisan fishing port by the sea. You will sample the freshness of the produce they serve in an authentic local restaurant where fish is taken to the next level.

After a scrumptious meal, you will be driven to the final stage on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route: Santiago de Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the Galicia region, is Northern Spain’s most iconic city. This UNESCO Heritage Site is the final stop on the epic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail; 

The cherry on the cake to an unforgettable day will be a good night sleep in the world’s oldest hotel. Situated in Santiago de Compostela’s main square, this 15th-century hotel wraps you in opulent luxury.

You will  indulge yourself into the hotel signature restaurant in a historic space housed in what was once the stables for the Royal Hospital, where you can sample traditional Galician cuisine.


Day 9

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • An early morning visit to Santiago de Compostela's lively farmers' market to discover local delicacies
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  • A tour inside Santiago de Compostela's impressive Gothic Cathedral
Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

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After sumptuous breakfast with breath-taking views of Santiago de Compostela's Gothic Cathedral, you will experience an early morning culinary tour of the central farmers' market where colours and aromas combine to create an intoxicating gastronomic experience

There you will find only the most succulent fruit and vegetables, freshest seafood, Galician octopus and the world famous dry-aged Galician Blond Beef.

Your morning will continue with a tour inside Santiago's world famous Gothic Cathedral, and the culmination of the Camino de Santiago for hundreds of pilgrims who arrive every day to hug Apostle Santiago.

After exploring the Cathedral, you will experience a unique and highly personal dining experience that takes you behind the scenes. Taking your seat in the Chef’s kitchen, you’ll relish this Michelin-starred culinary treat. Enjoy a conversation with your Chef as he prepares and cooks your tailored tasting menu in front of you.

Enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure to explore this stunning town. Tonight, you will enjoy a farewell dinner in the historic town centre where you will savour traditional Galician food.


Day 10

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A walk to the lighthouse at the "End of the World" , Galicia's westernmost point.
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  • Discover some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain
  • Enjoy a hike to Ezaro's waterfall, an impressive nature spectacle

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After a short drive from Santiago, there is no more iconic place in the Coast of Death Cape Finisterre, considered the end of the END OF THE WORLD. Built in 1853, 138 meters above sea level.

For thousands of years it was thought that beyond him there was only an aqueous chasm in which the sun turned off every night and through which came to a region of darkness inhabited by sea monsters.

This lighthouse is known by all sailors in the world, because of its importance as a means of proximity warning of an extremely dangerous coast (its light reaches 65 km long) and the treacherous reputation of this area marítima. Due to the usual fog of time, in 1888 an annex to the lighthouse building, the siren, which is popularly known as “a cow Fisterra” to warn mariners of the dangers facing them was built.

Since 1999 and after a very successful reform in 2016, the former headquarters of monitoring marine, the semaphore has become our little paradise, a delicatessen hotel and restaurant Boutique Hotel O SEMAFORO, in the Faro de Finisterre. It has five exclusive rooms, an excellent restaurant, a charming café, a terrace overlooking endless and several rooms and exclusive corners to miss at the End of the World. The incredible views and sunsets, compete with wild storms and large waves days, foggy days in which the siren sounds hard Lighthouse, cow, that drags us to the past of legends …

You will enjoy a breathtaking drive along the Costa da Morte. You will visit the most beautiful points of the Coast of Death, a region that combines breathtaking landscapes, gastronomy of the area and tours to get to know authentic fishing villages. You will visit Cape Finisterre, and the villages of Muros and Muxía, and see the waterfall in Ézaro. Along the way, you learn about the history and culture of the Galician regions.

An impresive visit to Ézaro will also be a highlight, located in the extreme south. The waterfall there is particularly unique, as it is among only 7 waterfalls in Europe that flow into the ocean or sea. Afterward, make your way to Cape Finisterre, a rock-bound peninsula at the end of the ancient world. Head to the local lighthouse located on the mountain of Monte Facho, and enjoy the views out over the water. You will also learn more about how shipwrecks on the rocks gave this stretch of coastline its name. 


Day 11

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A  boat tour to visit the "bateas" (mussel, scallop & oyster farms) with mussels & oysters tasting on board paired with local white wine
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  • A visit to one of the most famous wineries of Albariño, Spain's mos famous white wine
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After a reinvigorating sleep and a home-made breakfast you wil be transported to a spectacular paradise of pristine beaches and charming coastal villages : Rias Baixas, Spain's biggest supplier of shellfish and seafood and one of the most famous Spain's wine regions for whites.

You will disvover some of the most beautiful beaches in the region and you will enjoy a gastronomic journey on a boat cruise along the estuary to learn how mussels, scallops and oysters are cultivated in farms along the coast. During the trip you will visit one of these farms called "bateas" and you will sample on board mussels & oysters paired with local white wine.

You will visit interesting sites like: Celtic Hill-forts, Romanesque Churches, small fishing villages and of course a winery visit to sample the exquisite Albariño wines of this region which have been scoring high rating in wine magazines like Wine Spectator. 


Day 12

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A Full-Day of exploring the Cíes Islands with pristine beaches only accessible by boat
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Today, and after a short drive to the port, you will enjoy a cruise along the Rias Baixas to the uninhabited Cíes Islands. Discover this wonderful natural environment, with dreamy beaches and a heavenly paradise that has become the second tourist destination with the most visitors in Galicia. Drop anchor on Cíes Islands, catch the favourable winds, walk in the nature,  feel the white sandy beaches with crystal-clear waters that let you enjoy the peace and beauty of their landscapes.

The two Cies islands, also known for their beauty as “the Islands of the gods”, are uninhabited islands that, due to their ecological, marine and terrestrial wealth, are part of the Maritime Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia. Discover these amazing islands in a private sailing cruiser. Get comfortable on board and get to know the beautiful Galician coast during the 8 hours of the tour.

Once there, you can go on a hiking trails and immortalize with photos the incomparable beauty of the Park. An exclusive way to discover a treasure as precious as the Cíes.

Of course, food will be a highlight during your stay in the area with a selection of fish & seafood restaurants for you to enjoy.


Day 13


San Sebastian Maria Cristina Hotel

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Today you will say goodbye to Galicia and you  will drive back east along the Northern Coast of Spain with some beautiful spots to stop along the way. Enjoy lunch in Cudillero, a fishing village recognized this year as the most beautiful fighins village in Spain.

In the afternoon you will arrive to San Sebastian, the most elegant coastal town in Spain, with influences of the French Riviera where you will stay for the next five nights.

In the late 19th century the seaside town on the southern point of the Bay of Biscay became a favourite destination for royalty and aristocrats who came to enjoy the sunshine and newly recognized therapeutic properties of sea bathing.

San Sebastian had passed from being a sleepy fishing village into a thriving cosmopolitan town requiring luxurious, modern facilities to meet the demands of its discerning guests.

Serendipitously this urban blossoming occurred at the height of the Belle Époque era, and today most buildings flanking the famed La Concha beach, including the city hall, Victoria Eugenia Theatre and the Hotel Maria Cristina , are constructed in this style.

This elegant coastal town features influences from the French Riviera. During the late part of the 19th century, this seaside town became a popular destination for aristocrats and royalty who came to the Bay of Biscay’s most southern point to soak up the sun and experience the nascent therapeutic trend of sea bathing.

The local boardwalks and cafés with open-air terraces overflowed with important people from high society. This gave them opportunities to be seen by other ranking members of their cliques while also looking for openings to spot others who ranked higher. This type of social bustling was incredibly popular during the period, and the remnants of that activity are still visible today. 

Over time, San Sebastian has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village into a thriving cosmopolitan district. Today, the town features luxury accommodations, modern facilities and recreational options demanded by the most discerning of visitors and guests. ​

This city will be your home for the next four nights. Take your time savoring the dinner meal of selected local specialities at a traditional Basque restaurant.


Day 14

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • An early morning private tour of San Sebastian's farmers market
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  • An escorted pintxos bar crawl visiting the best bars in town
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  • A cider house crawl paired with local tapas. You will learn how pour cider like a local.
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After a delicious breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will enjoy a walking tour around this magnificent town. The striking beauty of San Sebastian’s mountains and beaches is its calling card. You will experience it in a fuller way with this tour, which gives you a more in-depth taste of the city’s eye candy.

You will stroll with your private guide through the Old Town’s endless narrow streets, learn about architecture, history, and of course the famous food culture of San Sebastian in situ, passing by famous landmarks, churches, plazas and bars.

You will enjoy a walking tour of the most interesting spots starting with the central farmers market where you can feel the freshness of the produce they sell in a lively market where locals gather every day to buy local food. This is slow food at its best.

For lunch, you will be guided to the most interesting spots to sample “pintxos” during a pintxos bar crawl. You will taste innovative pintxos made with local ingredients as well as the most traditional bites.

After lunch you will enjoy a stroll along San Sebastian beach where you can stop in a bar for a coffee or a drink.

Basque Country is a big producer of apple cider. For dinner, we have designed for your the perfect plan for lovers of cider and Basque gastronomy including a guided tour of traditional cider house followed by a magnificent traditional menu including chorizo sausage cooked in cider, salt cod omelette, salt cod with peppers, bone-in ribeye steak, Basque cheese, quince jelly, walnuts, almond tiles and cigarettes from Tolosa. All washed down with apple cider, served directly from the kupela or barrel in true txotx ritual fashion.


Day 15

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • An escorted visit to Bilbao's spectacular Guggenheim Museum
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  • A stunning hike to Gaztelugatxe, an impressive islet in the coast home to Dragonstone in "Game of Thrones"
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This morning, and after a delicious breakfast, you will drive (1h 15min) to another Spain’s landmark: Bilbao, the heart of the Basque Country, a vibrant city where traditions and cutting-edge architecture live in perfect harmony.

You will enjoy a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, a spectacular exhibition centre at the heart of the city designed by world-class architect Frank Gehry.

After the visit,  you will drive to the coast to visit one of the most beautiful places in the Basque Country: “Gaztelugatxe”.

Are you a "Games of Throne" series fan? Then this will be your highlight of this tour. 

Gaztelugatxe is an islet in the the coast used by Games of Thrones to represent Dragonstone. It’s topped with a church believed to have been built over a thousand years ago, reached by a long footbridge.

Dragonstone Island sets the scene of the first episode of series seven, and is the location from which character-favourite Daenerys Targaryen has been plotting war against her enemies.

For lunch you will enjoy a traditional Basque menu in a restaurant with impressive views over Gaztelugatxe. After lunch, you will have the chance to walk down from the top of the cliffs to the islet and across the long footbridge enjoying the jaw-dropping scenery.


Day 16

french coast tour

This morning you will be immersed in a unique experience. San Sebastian is just half an hour drive far from the French border. Today, you will cross the border to France (no passport or border control needed) following the coast during a full day tour of the French Basque coast.

Your first stop will be Hondarribia, one of the most beautiful towns of the Basque Country, it’s medieval old part, is one of the few fortified towns in the Basque Country. Its walls, most of which are still standing and are constantly being restored, give it a special appearance by evoking an epic past and by impregnating every corner, alley and square with aromas, flavours and sounds that take us back to other times.

Right after entering France you will admire the beauty of Saint Jean de Luz. Former Basque Corsairs’ capital, this small fishing village became rich in the 16th century from fishing and whaling. Piracy added, brought wealth to the town. The ‘finest moment’ for the town was in 1660, when Louis XIV married Marie-Thérèse of Spain in the town church – the Basque church of St John the Baptist.

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You will continue your journey up to Biarritz. One of the poshest beach resorts of the Basque Coast. It is a luxurious seaside town and is popular with tourists and surfers. Biarritz also boasts some of the best beaches in Europe. Biarritz’s became more renowned in 1854 when Empress Eugenie (the wife of Napoleon III) built a palace on the beach (now the Hôtel du Palais). The British royal family and European royalty regularly took vacations in Biarritz.

You will enjoy a feast for your senses at a signature restaurant where French tradition meets innovation at every bite.  The lovely, fresh ingredients are cooked to perfection and seasoned with a dash of originality. T

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon in on the French beaches on your way back to San Sebastian.


Day 17

Full day at your own leisure in San Sebastian. The last day in the Basque country is yours to enjoy at a leisurely pace. Shop for some souvenirs that will always remind you of the most amazing food and wine tours  of Spain.

Recommendations to do, see and visit will be provided based on your interests as well as reservations on some of the most hard-to-book restaurants in the area.


Day 18

  • Embark on a guided tour of the oldest wineries in Spain
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  • Savor the delicious local cuisine served in the ambiance of a medieval monastery
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You will say goodbye to San Sebastian and the Basque Country and you will be transported along another scenic drive for a little over two hours. Once you arrive in the beautiful wine region of La Rioja, you will begin to discover why this is such a treat for the seasoned food and wine gastronome. Feast your eyes on the rolling hills saturated in vines, the charming medieval hamlets and the majestic sprawl of the Cantabrian Mountains in the background.

The Lopez de Heredia-Viña Tondonia bodega is one of the oldest wineries in the entire region of La Rioja. Enjoy a guided visit through this fabulous winery, which is situated strategically for the maximum aesthetic experience. The winery was crafted with the same precision and care used to plant the enduring variety of sprawling vegetation.

This bodega is distinguished by its status of having an on-site cooperage with three master coopers who construct and repair every single wine barrel used on the premises. There are only a few wineries in the world that share this trait. This also gives the regional wines a distinctive characteristic that is highly prized on the international circuit. After learning these details through the tour, you will sample the fine wines in the company of aficionados within a beautifully serene atmosphere.

The following destination is the old town of Haro. An intimate environment awaits you for the lunchtime experience within the imposing walls of an Augustinian monastery. Select your dishes from the menu of the Claustro de Los Agustinos. Choose a casual lunch of tapas, freshly prepared morsels or an elaborate cuisine.

An afternoon drive to the next hotel will offer you the perfect opportunity to indulge in another local tradition: The siesta! A 20-minute nap can be the perfect prelude to arriving at the little town of Briñas, a hidden gem, intersected by the tortuous meanderings of the Ebro river. The historic buildings date back to the Roman period. This part of La Rioja has charming narrow streets speckled with stately manors, including the 16th century palace with views overlooking the Tondón vineyards.

The next four nights will be spent in a unique complex with a fascinating architectural structure. This will be your home where tradition and history combine together in a modern context of sustainability and innovation. Time seems to stand still in this peaceful environment. Your quaint abode is surrounded by mountains, vineyards and Old World charm. Visit the nearby wineries, which are only a few minutes from the hotel, in Haro, and are nearly seven centuries old. This is the perfect jumping-off point to delve deeply into the passionate world of wine.

Dinner will arrive after the day’s activities are done, so you can indulge your built-up appetite at the hotel’s very own à-la-carte restaurant. The most delicious wines produced in the Rioja region will be served with the utmost care and respectful appreciation.


Day 19

  • Tour the Marqués de Riscal with a local guide who details the process of how the world’s best wines are made at this stunningly elegant winery
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  • Enjoy lunch at a popular Laguardia restaurant enclosed by ancient walls built during the 13th century.
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After breakfast, your driver will take you to the most spectacular winery in Elciego, which was constructed during the middle of the 18th century. The winery design by Frank Gehry keeps this traditional pride while maintaining an eye towards the future. This was a groundbreaking approach that visitors can appreciate during the wine tasting of vintages that are famous around the world.

Next to the winery, you will find probably the most beautiful town of the Rioja region, LaGuardia. Built at the beginning of the 13th century, the whole urban centre of Laguardia is enclosed by walls. You will taste the region’s finest cuisines on your Spain food tour. Delicacies grown in the area’s fertile soils are served with fine regional wines. Stroll around the peaceful town after your meal, and wander the historic, artistic town centre before dropping by some of the local wine cellars for additional tastings.

By late afternoon, you will drive back to your hotel room for a relaxing leisure period before dinner is prepared at the hotel’s à la carte restaurant.


Day 20

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • Join the pilgrims along some of the most beautiful stages of the "Camino de Santiago"
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After a reinvigorating sleep and a full breakfast, you may enjoy today an optional activity: a beautiful hike along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route surrounded by the vineyards of La Rioja.

Today you will walk across rolling hills full of vineyards, a jaw-dropping landscape that will make you feel connected to the earth while you join the pilgrims along this beautiful part of the "Camino". 

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure. Dinner is included tonight at any of the gastronomical venues of your hotel. You may choose from the hotel's à-la-carte formal restaurant or the informal tapas bar placed in the hotel's wine cellar. Room service is available if you prefer to enjoy the comforts of your room.


Day 21

After a reinvigorating sleep and a scrumptious breakfast of local specialities you can sleep in late or take a relaxing stroll around Santiago's lively historic centre.

A transfer to the airport on time for your flight will be the saddest experience of your memorable stay in Spain.


  • about this tour

Dates

October 6th  -26th 2020

Group size

2

Starting / Ending Point

Santander

Type of Tour

Self - Drive

What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you'd
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted until you got them.

In a word: everything. In eighty words? Authentic and innovative local cuisine; world-class local wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery. Travel at your own pace: Our tailor-made holidays are very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose – within reason.

  • All hotel accommodation 4* & 5*
    •  2 nights -- SANTANDER
    •  5 nights -- PICOS DE EUROPA NATIONAL PARK
    •  5 nights -- GALICIA 
    •  5 nights -- SAN SEBASTIAN
    •  4 nights -- RIOJA 
  • Daily breakfast at all the hotels..
  • All the experiences, visits and activities included in the itinerary.
  • 24h concierge service during the whole trip.
  • All baggage transportation. 
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

What’s not included?

  • International Flights
  • Medical Travel Insurance
  • Meals/Drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses

What to expect

  • A laid-back pace with free time to relax
  • Plenty of scrumptious local food and wine as well as time to really appreciate the dining experience